MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan football team hosts Tiffin University on Saturday (Oct. 29). Tiffin is 0-8 overall and 0-7 in the GLIAC. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. from the Superior Dome.
Saturday will be NMU’s annual Band Day. High schools bands from across the Upper Peninsula will perform at halftime with the Wildcat Marching band. There will also be a postgame band show on the field.
NMU leads the all-time series against the Dragons 2-1, dating back to 2008. Tiffin won the first game between the two schools in Ohio 34-28 in four overtimes. The last two games have been won by NMU with the ‘Cats outscoring the Dragons 105-14.
NMU defeated Tiffin 43-14 last season in Ohio. The ‘Cats scored points in all four quarters and only allowed two Tiffin touchdowns in the second. Junior kicker Rockne Belmonte made three field goals while senior linebacker Eddie Knoblock had an interception return, senior running back John Privitelli had two touchdown runs and Phillipe Smith and junior fullback Jared Buss added TD runs. Knoblock had three interceptions in the game and NMU had 327 rushing yards to the Dragons -53.
Indianapolis handed the ‘Cats a 38-31 loss at Key Stadium last weekend. The ‘Cats scored the first 13 points of the game and outscored the Greyhounds by one in the second half but gave up 21 points in the second quarter.
Junior running back Prince Young has back-to-back 100 yard games. He rushed for a season team-high 149 yards at Ferris State and had 130 yards on the ground at Indianapolis. Young’s other 100-yard game was against Northwood when he rushed for 125 yards. Young is averaging 83 yards on the ground per game. He has 664 yards and two touchdowns on the season.
NMU is 2-2 in the Superior Dome this season with wins over Minnesota State-Mankato and Northwood. Losses have been to Wayne State and Grand Valley State. The final home game of the 2011 season is against Michigan Tech for the rights to the Miner’s Cup.
The Northern offense is averaging 350.9 yards per game (151.8 rushing and 199.1 passing). It is 38 percent on third down conversion and 84 percent in the redzone.
Junior lineman Zach Anderson leads the defense with 56 total tackles on 25 solo and 31 assisted tackles. He also leads the team with four sacks and eight and a half tackles-for-loss. Junior linebacker Josh Droese has 51 total tackles. Senior lineman Matt Forward has 46 tackles, seven tackles-for-loss and two sacks. The ‘Cats have eight interceptions and 10 sacks.
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